Michigan State recruit Jay Harris giving up football for rap career

By Tom Fornelli | College Football Writer

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Mark Dantonio has lost a recruit to the music industry. (USATSI)

There have been plenty of times when a recruit has changed his mind about attending a school that he has committed to. But usually when it happens, it's because the recruit wants to attend a different school. Michigan State recruit Jay Harris has given the Spartans a new reason why he won't be attending the school this summer.

Harris is giving up his football scholarship to pursue a rap career.

"I've been thinking about doing this for a couple of years now," Harris told the Philadelphia Inquirer.

“I've always had this in the back of my head but never had the courage to tell my parents that this is what I want to do.”

Harris has been rapping under the name Jay DatBull, and he uploaded his first single, "DatBull 4 Life," to YouTube in April. The music video has already been viewed more than 50,000 times. Harris will release a mix tape and begin work with a producer this summer.

Michigan State disputed Harris's account of his departure from the Spartans' class, with a spokesman telling the Inquirer that it was a "mutual decision" between Harris and the program, and the paper amending its story to report Harris was "stripped" of his scholarship.

Harris, however, said he had made up his mind to quit football before the release of the video. (Perhaps the most likely expanation for the two differing accounts is that MSU asked Harris to remove the videos -- which include references to marijuana and explicit lyrics -- and put his rap aspirations on hold, or lose his scholarship. Harris could have then chosen to pursure his rap career anyway, making both sides' stories accurate.)

Harris was a three-star receiver out of Downington East High School in Exton, Pa. He originally chose Michigan State over Temple and Old Dominion.

 
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